On the 27th June, at 7.30 pm, the annual dinner for the Provincial Officers, Supreme Grand Chapter Officers, and their partners took place at the Engine Shed, Derby.

This year’s event had been moved from October in Buxton to June in Derby – and an inspired change it was – getting the team together much earlier in their year of office, and in the warmer south!

The Engine Shed, located in the historic Roundhouse (which brought back early work memories for Pat Swift at least and provided vigourous discussion about the engine design on the wall ), is the graduate restaurant of Derby College’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts Academy. It is an impressive building and hosted an equally impressive event to bond this year’s team.

The quality of the food was matched only by that of the company, and was almost equal to the Third Provincial Grand Principal’s (Peter Whysall ) toast to the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent which was appreciated by all; including Chas!

The attendees were Past Grand Superintendent Tom Briggs and his wife Ann: Provincial Grand Principal Soj. Ian Copestake and his wife Sue: Past Grand Standard Bearer Hugh Craig and his wife Geraldine: Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Charles Cunnington and his wife Karen: Provincial Grand Almoner George Frost and his wife Linda: Provincial Grand Scribe E. Roger Haylett and his wife Val: Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Anthony Heaton and his wife Pat: Deputy Grand Superintendent Tony Higton and his wife Georgina: Past Grand Standard Bearer Roy Hilton and his wife Shirley: Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Graeme Hutchinson: Past Grand Standard Bearer Roger Jackson and his wife Andrea: Provincial Second Assistant Grand Soj. Alan Kay and Mrs Christine Nicholas: Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer Brian Kite and Mrs Sue Shuttleworth: Provincial First Assistant Grand Soj. Adam Lancashire and his wife Anke: Second Provincial Grand Principal John McDonald and his wife Linda: Provincial Grand Steward Bill Millichip and Mrs Janet Steindl: Provincial Grand Sword Bearer John Peck and his wife Ann: Provincial Grand Treasurer John Renshaw and his wife Margaret: Provincial Grand Standard Bearer Gordon Ross and his wife Denise & Miss Charlotte Van der Wees: Past Deputy Grand Superintendent Graham Sisson and his wife Elaine: Provincial Grand Standard Bearer Michael Stephenson and Ms Judy Neal: Provincial Grand Steward Patrick Swift: Provincial Assistant Grand Scribe E. Roger Till and his wife Mary: Provincial Grand Scribe N. Barrie Tipping and his wife Diana: Past Assistant Grand Soj. Ernest Trynor and his wife Audrey: Provincial Grand Charity Steward Peter Trynor and his wife Phillipa: Provincial Grand Organist Melvyn White and his wife Nita: Third Provincial Grand Principal Peter Whysall and his wife Linda: Provincial Grand Janitor Philip Wright and his wife Jill.

Apologies had been received from all other officers.